4 South Florida restaurants to try right now

Dirt Eat Clean is one restaurant to try in July. (Handout)

There’s no need to save tasty dining for the weekend.

Here are four restaurants to try today from “Dining Discoveries” food writer Linda Bladholm. Mom-and-pop restaurants are the heart of Miami and Bladholm gives us an inside look at what makes these special.

Her column highlighting South Florida restaurants appears weekly in the Miami Herald.


“The pizza crust — made to stand up to delivery and takeout — is thick with crisp, puffed golden edges. It holds plenty of cheese and toppings in three sizes (personal, medium and large). But unlike at most pizza places, there is also a full menu of Italian-American-inspired dishes…” (Read more)

668 NW Fifth St. Miami. 305-371-7065, crust-usa.com

Dirt Eat Clean

“Whether you adhere to a vegan, vegetarian or Paleo diet, there is something for all at Dirt Eat Clean in South Beach. It’s a hip café with all-day smoothies, housemade juices and nut milks flavored with cocoa powder. Most of the menu is plant based with vegetables the star.” (Read more)

232 5th Street, Miami Beach (at Washington). 305-239-3000, dirteatclean.com


Gold Marquess

“Gold Marquess is a Cantonese-style banquet restaurant … with crystal chandeliers and fresh- and salt-water tanks with live fish, crabs and lobsters. It is elegant but understated, so both large parties and a single diner can be accommodated, although dim sum seems best shared.” (Read more)

8525 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines. 954-367- 7730, GoldMarquess.com

Kababi Cafe

“A Kababi is a place to go for kebabs, often in bazaars and on rooftops in the Middle East. In South Florida, head to Sunrise for authentic Persian-style kebabs and stews known as khoresht to eat with fragrant rice at Kababi Cafe… There is also a small market where you can stock up on cardamom-scented black tea, jars of pitted sour cherries, pistachio nougat and orange blossom water.” (Read more)

3828 N. University Dr., Sunrise (in the American Oak Plaza). 954-909-4133, kababicafe.com